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The Geekiest One

BOINC on ASUS TinkerBoard


A late Christmas Present to myself, the Asus TinkerBoard. In the following article I would like to give you a few impressions of this. The hardware specifications and Debian-based operating system can be found on the Asus website https://www.asus.com/en/Single-Board-Computer/Tinker-Board/ .

On the packaging I like that it was kept quite simple and was dispensed with additional films or viewing window made of plastic.
Tinker Board

The board itself is packed in an anti-static foil and is held in its raised position by another folded cardboard. Here still a lot of material and space could have been saved.

There is also an aluminum heat sink and the instruction manual underneath the board.

As you can see, the delivery is very small. Personally, I find it quite sufficient, because I do not need a new power supply or similar to each board.

The following images are intended to give you just a brief glimpse of the board, without I would like to explain this further, but at this point on the Asus website, see above, would like to refer.

After this first and only hurdle was overcome, I started to prepare the board for use. This unfortunately has to happen through the console, because I could not find a graphical application for that. For me much positive that the operating system brings little software with it, which would be superfluous for my application anyway and if needed can not be installed by yourself. This leaves a lot of storage space needed for BOINC and possibly memory paging.

After setting up the board, I installed BOINC using the included Synaptic package manager. After the installation I started the project SETI@Home. Before, I had done the following step from the English FAQ of SETI@Home for the operating system Debian.

sudo apt-get install boinc-client boinc-manager

And then SETI@Home already ran on the TinkerBoard. Since there are not too many results so far, I just want to show a boxplot of the OGR results.

 

The board requires between 0.5 and 1.75 A (maximum self-measured peak load), runs at a maximum of 1.8 GHz, but this limits quite quickly due to the CPU temperature of up to 80 ° C with the manufacturer’s passive cooling solution. For me, the CPU clock , under full load at BOINC, fluctuated between 1.2 and 1.6 GHz.

Here’s a quick comparison of the BOINC benchmark

 

The values ​​calculated by BOINC for the Pine64 and the TinkerBoard regarding the integer computations seem to me to be faulty.

If you have questions or I should test further projects on the Asus TinkerBoard, just write it in the comments

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